Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

OKC Council Approves New Billboard Rules

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

OKC Council Approves New Billboard Rules

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City Council members canceled a temporary ban on billboard construction and approved new sign regulations Tuesday.

The ordinance is expected to reduce the total number of billboards allowed on highways and other streets by increasing the space separating signs, as well as moving them farther away from residential neighborhoods. It will also reduce the height and size of signs along arterial streets, and require sign companies to obtain a $34.50 permit to demolish a billboard.

The reactivation of the amended billboard construction permit process is expected to produce about $2,100 in annual revenues for the city's general fund. But the more important effect will be the city's beautification, Ward 2 representative Sam Bowman said.

"What they give all of us, the industry as well as the city, is a much more simplified sign ordinance," he said. "A lot more standardization came out of this."

The City Council put a stop to billboard permits in September so that Mayor Mick Cornett could appoint an advisory committee of five citizens and two council members to review the effect the signs have on the city's appearance and growth patterns. …

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